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What will I be doing in this course?

Geography is a key discipline through which students develop the ability to recognise and understand environmental change and the interactions which take place in our world. The two dimensions emphasised in this course are:

  • the ecological dimension which considers how humans interact with the environment, and
  • the spatial dimension which focuses on where things are, why they are there and how people interact differently with environments in different places.

Preliminary course

The main topics covered:

Biophysical Interactions 45% of course time Geographical investigation of biophysical processes and how an understanding of these processes contributes to sustainable management.
Global Challenges 45% of course time Geographical study of the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental challenges which are occurring at the global scale.
Senior Geography Project 10% of course time The nature of geographical inquiry and its application to a practical research project. Students choose an issue that interests them and undertake individual research.

HSC course

The main topics covered:

Ecosystems at Risk 33% of course time Geographical study of the functioning of ecosystems at risk, their management and protection.
Urban Places 33% of course time Geographical study of world cities, mega cities and the dynamics of large cities and urban places.
People and Economic Activity 33% of course time Geographical study of economic activity integrating the local and global context.

Particular course requirements

Students complete a Senior Geography Project (SGP) in the Preliminary course and must undertake 10 hours of fieldwork in both the Preliminary and HSC courses.

What should I be able to do at the end of the course?

Geography provides knowledge of the earth and helps people to plan and make decisions about the spatial dimensions of the world. Students should reach a deeper understanding of the variable character of life on our planet. They should also develop geographic skills such as map reading and photograph interpretation and improve their oral and written communication.

How will this course help me in the future?

Geography prepares students for post school studies and future employment, and for active participation as informed citizens in a changing world. A study of Geography is useful in most careers but particularly in environmental management, urban and town planning, resource management, business, commerce and tourism.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment consists of a combination of research tasks, field work reports, in‑class tests and examinations. Research tasks include the preparation of The Senior Geography Project in the Preliminary year. In class tests and examinations will assess both knowledge and skills and can be based on a stimulus booklet. They include multiple choice type questions, short answer questions and extended responses.

Mandatory Requirements

There is a mandatory requirement of 20 hours field work in this course. Students will be required to participate in at least one field trip per year outside the local area. The cost of field trips is kept to a minimum but should be considered when choosing this subject.